Yoshiaki Hoshi

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Yoshiaki Hoshi
Yoshiaki Hoshi - founder of Himekami.jpg
Background information
Birth name Yoshiaki Hoshi
Also known as Himekami
Born 1946-03-16
Origin Wakayanagi, Miyagi, Japan
Died October 1, 2004(2004-10-01) (aged 58)
Genres New-age
Occupation(s) Composer, musician
Instruments Synthesizer
Years active 1981–2004
Associated acts Himekami
Website himekami.jp
Notable instruments

Yoshiaki Hoshi (星 吉昭, Hoshi Yoshiaki?, March 16, 1946 – October 1, 2004), born in Wakayanagi, Miyagi, Japan, was a Japanese musician best known for his band Himekami. Hoshi won the 1971 Victor Electronic Music Contest, and founded Himekami Sensation in 1980. His debut album was Oku no Hosomichi, released in 1981. In 1984, the group name was changed to Himekami. Hoshi was known for being very friendly with his fans, and thanking them for purchasing his works.

Hoshi first came into prominence in 1971, winning the Victor Electronic Music contest. He started his musical project in 1980 and named it Himekami Sensation. However, in 1984 "Sensation" was dropped from the name and it became simply "Himekami". The music was basically electronic, new-age with sounds of nature and elements of traditional Japanese music.

Hoshi died of a heart attack on October 1, 2004 at 1:21am.[1][2] His funeral service was held on October 24, 2004 at a Shinto shrine in Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture.[3]


  1. ^ シンセサイザー ユニット【姫神】・星吉昭さん・2004年10月1日、午前1時21分、心不全のため永眠されました。 (in Japanese). Rakuten. Archived from the original on October 29, 2004. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  2. ^ Folkvord, Glenn (March 2005). "Yoshiaki Hoshi RIP". ElectronicShadows. Archived from the original on May 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  3. ^ 民謡で世界へ!の夢胸に「姫神」星吉昭さん24日葬儀 (in Japanese). Zakzak. 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 

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